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Colorado Springs Blizzard Soccer Home Games, CC's Washburn Field, 14 Cache La Poudre. $6 admission, children under 10 are free. Colorado Springs' semi-pro soccer team plays July 15, 6:30 p.m. Call 573-4876 or visit blizzardfc.com for more.

Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, by the 30th Street entrance to Garden of the Gods on Gateway Road, 578-6777. Jon Chandler and the Wichitones Concert, Fri., July 15, 7 p.m.

Public Star Party, Telescope viewing at Fox Run Park, on Stella Dr., July16, from dark to 11 p.m. Call 262-0698 for more.

Pikes Peak Derby Dames, Colorado Springs first all-girl roller derby league is looking for fun and fearless women, ages 18 and up. Dames of all skating abilities welcome, e-mail Courtney at cjdn@aol.com for more info.

Thunder in the Valley Car Show, 116 S. Main St., Fountain. July 16, 10 a.m-4:30 p.m. See rods, customs, and muscle cars through 1972. Dance and pig roast after the car show. $25 entry, free admission. Call 719/382-8823 for more.

Sports and Recreation Expo, Phil Long Expo Center, 1515 Auto Mall Loop, 867-1670. Runs July 29, 5-9 pm.; July 30, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; July 31, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

*3 on 3 Basketball Tour, Citadel Mall, 750 E. Citadel Dr. Local athletes are invited to participate in this State Games of America 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, July 30-31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Open to all ages and ability levels. Register by July 25, 5 p.m.; call Matt, 303/948-7108 ext. 23

Party in the Park, America the Beautiful Park (formerly Confluence Park), 126 Cimino Dr. For two weeks, events will be held at the park. All events are free to attend. Farm & Art Market, Sat., July 16, 23; 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Intergenerational Jazz Journey, July 14, 6-8 p.m. W.A.M. (What Art Means), daylong youth cultural festival, July 19, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Masterpiece in the Park, a one-day art-making extravaganza, with contests and classes. July 23, 9 a.m.-11 p.m., $30 entry fee for art competition. Call 385-5421 for info.

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, 201 S. Fairview St., Woodland Park, 686-1820. Summer Program for kids runs through July.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Activities, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, 633-9925. Featuring Dinosaurs at the Zoo exhibit. What are dinosaurs doing at the zoo? They are extinct! Go see their exhibit and find out. Also, now featuring white lions, Matunde and Zakera, through Labor Day.

ArtSports Trampoline Safety Course, 4626 N. Park Dr., 531-JUMP. Aug. 9, 2:30-4 p.m. Coaches will teach correct skills progressions and safety for trampolines. Trampolines will be provided.

*Stories & Stones, Evergreen Cemetary, 1005 S. Hancock Ave., 578-6646 or 630-7328. The fifth annual Evergreen Cemetary Historic Reenactment and Benefit Walking Tour takes place Aug. 6, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., with the last tour leaving at 12:30 p.m. The $6 fee for adults (children under 12 are free) goes toward restoration projects at the cemetery.

Grand Prix Classic 10K, Tiffany Square, Woodman and I-25. July 30, 7 a.m. Call 266-8910 for more.

Trails and Open Space Coalition 2005 Hike Schedule: Catamount Trail, Aug. 13, 8:30 a.m.; Pancake Rocks, Sept. 24, 9:30 a.m.; Skelton Ranch, Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m.; Monument Fire Center, Nov. 19, 9:30 a.m.; Crews Gulch and Fountain Creek Regional Park, Dec. 10, 9:30 a.m. Call 633-6884 for more.

Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387. Open Tues.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission, programs vary in cost. Offers interactive exhibits, nature trails, guided and self-guided programs, Junior Ranger program, special events and more. Visit elpasoco.com/parks for more. July 16, 10 a.m. Classical Strings Open House, July 17, 1 p.m. Bear Creek Summer Nature Camp August 1-5, 9:00 a.m.-Noon; 11:45 a.m.- 1:00 p.m., & 1:30-2:45 p.m. Reservations required for all programs.

Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745. Free admission, programs vary in cost. Offers interactive exhibits, nature trails, guided and self-guided programs, Junior Ranger program, special events and more. New youth volunteer programs for ages 12 and up available. Visit elpasoco.com/parks for more. Stewardship Saturdays, volunteer workdays on Saturdays, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Youth Outdoor Adventure Camp, July 11-15, 9 a.m. The Scoop on Poop, Sat., July 16, 9:30 a.m. Reservations required for all programs.

Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road, 578-6146. Tipi Building and Ute Heritage Workshops, July 23 and Aug. 27, 10 am.-1 p.m., for ages 8 to adult. $5 donation requested, reservations required. Call 633-5701 for more.

Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St., 219-0108. Free; some programs $1-$2. Nature Walks, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily; Nature Presentations and Multi-media Movie, various times daily; Become a Junior Ranger, available daily. Bat Walk, Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Prairie Falcon Walk, Wed., 5 p.m. Colorful Characters of the Pikes Peak Region, Thurs., 4:45 p.m.

dance parties and workshops Country-Western Dance Party, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St. Learn as you dance easy lines, cotton-eyed Joes, mixers, country waltz and more. Call 598-8624 for more.

Swing in the Springs, Downtown VFW, 430 East Pikes Peak Avenue, every Sunday through July, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Free beginning lesson starts at 7:30, dance is from 8-10 p.m. $5.00. For more, call 266-6453.

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